30 May 2018 Ferado

Labour leaders demand Rs30,000 as minimum wage

Karachi: Trade unions’ leaders and labour rights activists on Tuesday urged the provincial governments to announce the minimum wages for unskilled workers as no announcement was made in the budget in regard to the minimum wage.

Addressing a joint press conference, National Labour Council (NLC) Secretary Karamat Ali demanded to fix the minimum wage at Rs30,000 to 31,000 per month, considering the growing living cost and inflation rate.

Last year in July, the federal and provincial governments had fixed minimum wages at Rs15,000 per month.

Tracing the history of the minimum wage fixation, he said in 1969, minimum wages for unskilled workers were fixed at the rate of Rs140 per month, but the experts and economists were of the opinion that it was less or equal to 50 per cent of the actual wages required by workers to maintain a reasonable living.

“We demand that minimum wages be fixed on the scientific grounds and determined according to the rate of inflation and other factors of living a decent life by a worker’s family,” he said adding that every year the minimum wages be fixed according to that formula of indexation.

29 May 2018 Ferado

CITU demands new wage pact, pension

Visakhapatnam: The two-day conference of the Steel Plant Employees’ Union, affiliated to CITU, beginning here on Monday will put forth the demand for new wage agreement, and pension schemes for captive mines of the steel plant, while opposing privatisation.

Announcing this at a media conference here on Sunday, CITU State president and honorary president of the union Ch. Narasinga Rao said that a mega blood donation camp would be organised on June 14 to press for these demands and about 2,000 workers would donate blood on the day.

29 May 2018 Ferado

Draft labour law flown to Geneva

Bangladesh is going to the International Labour Conference in Geneva with the draft copy of the amended labour law to satisfy the international community.

“We have brought in changes to the draft of the labour law as per the recommendations of the international communities like the ILO, the EU and the US to improve labour rights in the country,” said Md Mujibul Haque, state minister for labour and employment.Haque and Law Minister Anisul Huq will attend the annual meeting of the International Labour Organisation that begins today and will continue until June 10. Changes to the labour law were brought in mainly in two areas.Now, association of 20 percent of the workers in a factory is sufficient to form a union instead of 30 percent.
Second, officials of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments would be able to visit and inspect the factories housed inside of the Export Processing Zones.
“Previously this was not possible,” Haque told The Daily Star over phone.
With the current amended labour law that parliament adopted in July 2013 after the Rana Plaza building collapse, it was difficult to collect consent of 30 percent workers of a factory to form a trade union. Since then, only 625 trade unions have been formed in the garment sector, a paltry number.
As a result, the international community, particularly the rights groups, lobbied with the government to lower the threshold to a reasonable level such that unions can be formed easily. “So, we agreed to 20 percent in consultation with the tripartite committee,” Haque said. The committee was formed last year mainly to resolve crisis in the garment sector through consultation.
The prime minister has already consented to the proposed changes to the labour law, the state minister said, adding that the amendment would be passed in parliament either in the upcoming budget session or in the one after that.
Earlier, the expert committee of the ILO in its observation urged the government to ensure that the Bangladesh Labour Act and the Bangladesh Labour Rules are brought into conformity with the provisions of the Convention regarding freedom of association.

29 May 2018 Ferado

Chief Commissioner ICT Chairs IESSI Meeting

Islamabad: Chief Commissioner Islamabad Aftab Akbar Durrani chaired 12th meeting of Governing Body of Islamabad Employees Social Security Institute (IESSI) here on Monday.

The meeting was attended by the officials of (IESSI) and representatives of labour and factory owners. The Chief Commissioner addressing the participants directed the officials to extend maximum best medical facilities to the workers and labourers by having on panel a state of art hospital in private sector where the workers patients could be referred for treatment.

The Governing Body also decided to constitute a sub-committee for looking into the possibility of utilizing the funds of the Institute in profitable schemes and using it for the welfare of workers.

The sub-committee would also look into depositing funds amounting to Rs 3 million in Khas Deposit Scheme. The Governing Body also decided to constitute a committee to evaluate the performance of contract employees and take necessary measures for their welfare and better service structure.

The Governing Body decided to hold fortnightly meeting of the Governing Body in order to speed up welfare of workers and labourers and uplift of the Islamabad Employees Social Security Institute.

29 May 2018 Ferado

Indonesian senators praise Qatar’s labour laws

Doha: Indonesian senators have appreciated Qatari government for introducing a new labour law to safeguard the migrant workers in Qatar in a meeting with Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi in Doha yesterday.

The Minister received the delegates of Indonesian senators and Indonesian Regional Representatives Council chaired by Abdul Aziz yesterday. They discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of supporting as well as developing them in various fields, especially in the field of labour cooperation.

Aziz appreciated that the Qatari government has introduced a new labour law on the protection of migrant workers which ensures that rights of migrant workers are protected in Qatar.

Rafli Kande, an Acehnese senator who is also a prominent musician, expressed hopes that Qatar can give Indonesian workers priority to play an important role in the labor sector especially in preparation for Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The Indonesian delegates consist of senators from various provinces including Rosti Uli Purba (Riau Province) GKR Ayu Koes Indriyah (Jawa Tengah province), Dr Shri I Gusti Ngurah Arya Wedakarna (Bali), Habib Hamid Abdullah (South Kalimantan), H Rafli (Aceh), K H Muslihuddin Abdurrasyid, (East Kalimantan), Ir. H. ABD. Jabbar Toba (Southeast Sulawesi). Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar, Muhammad Basri Sidehabi was also attended the meetings.

In this regard, the Minister asked the Indonesian government to provide the data base of information on the availability of Indonesian workers. Ambassador Basri also proposed that MoU between Indonesia and Qatar introduced on 2008, will be adjusted in accordance with the new Qatari labour laws.

According to Boy Dharmawan, Minister Counselor of the Indonesian Embassy in Doha, the aim of the visit to Qatar is to supervise the implementation of the Indonesia Law No. 18 of 2017 with regards to labour protection.

In addition to meeting with the Qatar Minister, the senators will plan to meet the Advisory Council officials and other meetings with Indonesian diaspora communities in several cities, including AlKhor and Wakrah.